Low Sulfur Surcharge in Effect for 2015

Stemming from a 2012 global treaty agreement to reduce sulfuric emissions along the U.S. and Canadian coastlines, carriers will begin the implementation of a Low Sulfur Surcharge (LSS) starting January 1, 2015.  The new regulation requires shipping lines to burn low-sulfur

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G6 Alliance Halts Los Angeles Port Call

The G6 alliance announced late last week the removal of its eastbound Los Angeles port of call from their Pacific Atlantic 1 service (PA1) from rotation citing severe US West Coast port congestion.  The G6 alliance of carriers includes:  Hapag-Lloyd

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Shapiro Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Shapiro offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27-28, 2014, in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.  All operations will resume Monday, December 1, 2014. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Carriers Postpone Port Congestion Surcharges (Again) Until Further Notice

The port congestion surcharge (PCS) that has been threatening West Coast trade since mid-November has once again been suspended until further notice.  Major carriers such as Maersk, Hapag Lloyd, Evergreen, NYK, OOCL, and CMA-CGM sent out notification today, November 26,

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Carriers Reinstate West Coast Port Congestion Surcharge Amidst Delayed ILWU/PMA Labor Talks

Despite multiple attempts from the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to convince the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) to resume “big table” negotiations, the ILWU has postponed talks until no sooner than December 2, 2014.  During this time, the union will

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The FMC Rebuts Port Congestion Surcharges Imposed by Carriers

As we previously published on November 14, 2014, multiple carriers had announced the implementation of port congestion fees as protection against increased operating costs associated with extreme congestion at terminals.  On November 17, 2014, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued

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Port Congestion Surcharge

Multiple carriers have begun announcing the implementation of port congestion fees.  Many carriers filed this surcharge in their tariffs as protection against increased operating costs associated with extreme congestion at terminals.  With the ILWU contract still not settled and mounting

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Shapiro’s Atlanta Office Resumes Operations

After a brief power outage that began yesterday, Monday, November 10, 2014, Shapiro’s Atlanta branch has resumed full operations. We thank you for your cooperation during yesterday’s interruption.

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Shapiro’s Atlanta Office Experiencing Power Outage

Dear Valued Customers, Our Atlanta branch is currently without power and intermittently receiving phone calls.  In the meantime, we are having their phone lines forwarded to our corporate office in Baltimore to triage the calls. For assistance, please reach out to

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Deteriorating ILWU/PMA Negotiations Threaten West Coast Trade

Congestion at the terminals of Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, and Long Beach continues to worsen as both the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) appear to be no closer to resolving their ongoing labor dispute. 

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